Supporting continued work under the UNCRPD – views of employees living with mild cognitive impairment or early onset dementia

Katja Karjalainen*, Mervi Issakainen, Marjo Ylhäinen, Sheida Marashi, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund, Jennifer Boger, Arlene Astell, Anna Mäki-Petäjä-Leinonen, Louise Nygård

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This article reports the results of a socio-legal investigation into how continued work among people living with progressive cognitive impairments such as mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early onset dementia (EOD) can be supported. This study that makes use of empirical data collected in Finland, Sweden and Canada seeks to give voice to people living with MCI or EOD and set their experiential knowledge in dialogue with equality rights related tools provided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The results illustrate that there are effective tools available that remove barriers to participation and support continued work of employees living with cognitive impairments at least for some time while impairments are mild. Ideally, flexibility and solidarity in the workplace automatically eliminates the effects of individual impairment. However, cognitive impairments are often such that along with general accessibility measures individual accommodations are needed. Supporting continued work expands the freedom to continue meaningful work in the preferred manner and offers people the means to gain a livelihood and participate in society as a member of the work community on equal basis with others.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-385
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Discrimination and the Law
Issue number4
Early online date5 Aug 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes

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